Thursday, December 04, 2003


“A POLICE officer faced court yesterday charged over an incident in which he shot at a stolen car which tried to run over him. Fellow police are outraged by the decision to charge Detective Sergeant Shane Cribb, describing him as a top "thief catcher". The charges relate to an incident on January 2, 2001, when Cribb was an acting detective sergeant based at Burwood and was on a task force devoted to halting a series of ram-raid thefts which plagued Sydney's inner-west. ..."It's going to send out a bad message," said Cribb's friend and former officer Steve Amiet. "People should be able to rely on police to protect them - and in doing so they get charged," he said”.

At least one bullet hit the driver. The injured man tried to flee but was arrested and taken to Royal Price Alfred Hospital. The injured man, Shannon Troy Johnston, aged 30, from Lane Cove, underwent surgery to remove the bullet. Johnston pleaded guilty to the break-and-enter and was sentenced to a two-year good behaviour bond, with conditions that he be supervised and undergo counselling

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